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The Memory of Midnight

The Memory of Midnight [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Hartshorne
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest, and a horror of the stifling dark – and of the man who trapped her - dogs her for the rest of her life. Wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can, until the return of her childhood sweetheart offers a chance of flight to the New World. Will Nell risk all to escape the dark at last?Four and a half centuries later, Tess and her small son Oscar move to York. Eager to start a new life, away from her overbearing and manipulative husband, Martin, Tess tries to put her marriage behind her. But time in York has a way of shifting strangely, and memories of a past that is not her own begin to surface with disturbing effect. Living two lives, torn between two worlds, Tess must unlock the secrets of the past before she can free herself – and Nell –once and for all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1202 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (10 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After a haphazard early career spent working and travelling around the world, I started writing romance in order to fund a PhD in Medieval Studies. Naturally, that didn't turn out to be quite the easy option I thought it would be, but I was in the end able to support myself and complete first an MA and then a PhD at the University of York. My thesis, on the street and the perception of public space in later medieval and early modern York, was finally completed in 2004.

Four years later, I turned 50, coincidentally in the same year that my 50th book was published, and I decided that it was time to change direction. I'm fascinated by the relationship between the past and the present and have always enjoyed 'time slip' novels and how they explore the possibility that it might be possible to go back in time and see what it was "really like". As a trained historian, I know that could never be possible, but as a storyteller, I find the premise irresistible ...

I still live in York and continue to write romances as Jessica Hart in tandem with time slip novels for Pan Macmillan - and yes I *do* often get confused by my split identities.

If you would like to receive an occasional newsletter with news of giveaways, offers, upcoming events and books for review, please do email me at - I'd be delighted to hear from you!

You can find out more at my website,, on Facebook or Twittering @PamHartshorne

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great, gripping mystery story 16 Aug 2014
This is a great, gripping mystery story. I loved reading it for two main reasons: it is set in an English town I love for its beauty and history, and it conveys with vivid realism the stories of two extraordinary ordinary women.

The supernatural element, a constant travelling through time, is the device Pamela Hartshorne chooses to connect the two story-lines. The narration quickly shifts from Elizabethan York and Nell's hard, tragic life enlightened only by her passionate love for Tom, to present-day York, where Tess struggles to overcome the wreckage of her marriage and to protect her son and herself from the rage of Martin, the man she is hiding from, her husband.

The rich descriptive pattern and the care for the details let the readers live in their minds the changes of landscape Tess herself experiences, comparing and contrasting the charms of present and past York. Tess finds herself distressed and displaced, when she realizes that what is happening to her is not simply "dreaming" another person's life, Nell's life in the 16th century.

In York, her shelter while trying to escape from her abusing husband, Tess finds the reassuring presence of Luke, a man she deeply loved in the past, and the disquieting reality of frightening, mysterious sounds coming from walls of the old house she moves in. Haunting and demanding, Nell enters Tess’s life that way and won't leave it before she gets what she wants.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracking good read. 10 July 2014
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Tess finally makes a break from her overbearing Husband and moves into a friend's flat with her young son Oscar.
The flat is old and Tess feels that there is something not quite right with the atmosphere in the place. Richard who has lent her the flat tells her to expect a Joiner to arrive to sort out his bookcases as the floor is so crooked. The Joiner turns out to be an old flame called Luke.

Back in Elizabethan times Nell is in love with Tom Maskewe who has to complete his Apprenticeship before they can marry. However, things go badly wrong when her Father tells her that he has agreed to her being betrothed to Tom's older Brother Ralph. He has in fact blackmailed Nell's Father by telling him he will write off the debt he owed to the Maskewe family. If Nell doesn't agree then her family will be thrown out of their house and effectively left to beg on the streets. Nell has no choice but to marry him. He turns out to be a cruel and vindictive man getting pleasure out of humiliating and demeaning her.

Tess keeps finding herself slipping through time and living life through Nell's eyes. Eventually she tells Luke what has been happening and is surprised when he believes her.

This was a well written and researched book with an ending that comes as a big shock. The story is loosely based on fact.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting story 13 Jan 2014
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I loved "Times Echo" so was delighted when this second book set in York was published.
York is my favourite city and being so familiar with the streets makes the book really come alive for me.
Pamela Hartshorne writes in such an evocative way that the characters leap off the pages and the sights and sounds become real.
I really loved the first book and hoped that this second one would be as good. It is even better. A brilliant read, the characters and story so hauntingly real that they stay with you long after the book has been finished.
Can't wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 27 July 2014
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This is a very haunting book. I chose to read it because it was set in York and the time slip element sounded intriguing. I read quite a lot of it sitting in York railway station (waiting for a bus - not just hanging around there for no reason)!

Tess's story is interesting and, in places, frightening because of the unpredictability of when she slips back to the past. Her husband, Martin is a serious nutjob.

Nell's story is horrifying! Her husband, Ralph, makes Martin look like Mr Sanity. I saw some of it coming but it didn't make it any less traumatic.

The characters were richly realised and the descriptions of the past were vivid and interesting.

This is a good book. It will make me look at York in a different light the next time I'm there
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 11 Jan 2014
By Freddie
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Once I started this book I was unable to put it down. It is a fascinating tread and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant 28 Nov 2013
By Abbey
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I had not heard of this author but read the reviews and thought I would try this book. I honestly could not put it down. I was drawn in from the start of the story and found the transition from past to present easy to follow and interlinked v well together. I wanted to find out what happened next but also didn't want to finish this book and I would highly recommend it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 5 Nov 2013
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A really good mix of today and yester year. The ease with which the author can seamlessly transport you through the centuries without you losing the sense of the storyline is done extremely efficiently. Loved this, her 2nd book, and hope there are more to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The memory of midnight
I have enjoyed this book as much as the first of Pamela hartshorne books I will read more of her work
Published 4 days ago by jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A really good read, set in two time warps, kept me wondering how this story would end.
Published 5 days ago by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars It will be one you won't forget easily.
This story is gripping. It will be one you won't forget easily.
Published 7 days ago by Louise Bromilow
5.0 out of 5 stars However took a while to link into the story enjoyed it though
Found the history interesting. However took a while to link into the story enjoyed it though.
Published 7 days ago by Mrs. Christine Theresa De Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
I really enjoyed this book, I love books that have Time Travel as their theme. I couldn't t put it down. I would definately recommend this book.
Published 8 days ago by S. KTthompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent plot and characters and well written. I enjoyed the blend of history with today.
Published 9 days ago by Rosemary Sloan
4.0 out of 5 stars original style of writing - absorbing
Very enjoyable & cleverly written. The intertwining of the two lives was well done to the point when you were still thinking & worrying about one when engaged with the other.
Published 11 days ago by lesley hawker
3.0 out of 5 stars York Time Slip
I really enjoyed this author's prevous time slip novel. Although there is much to enjoy in this one - especially the recreation of Elizabethan York - it is less compelling. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jennifertapir
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Vaguely reminiscent of Barbara Erskine's "Lady of Hay" but still very enjoyable tale of regression.
Published 13 days ago by Xrias
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read was hooked from the begining.
Published 13 days ago by Pauline
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